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For the Human-AI Interaction class that I’m taking this semester, we have a great set of readings. This post is part of a series, where I will post my summaries, reflections, and questions based on those readings.

Paper: Making Better Use of the Crowd: How Crowdsourcing Can Advance Machine Learning Research
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uthor: Jennifer Wortman Vaughan

Summary:
This is a survey paper that provides an overview of crowdsourcing research as it applies to the machine learning community. It first provides an overview of crowdsourcing platforms, followed by an analysis of how crowdsourcing has been used in ML research. Specifically, in generating data…


For the Human-AI Interaction class that I’m taking this semester, we have a great set of readings. This post is part of a series, where I will post my summaries, reflections, and questions based on those readings.

Book: Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass

Citation: Mary L. Gray and Siddharth Suri. 2019. Ghost Work: How to Stop Silicon Valley from Building a New Global Underclass. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Boston. Introduction and Chapter 1. ghostwork.info

Summary:
In this book, Mary Gray and Sid Suri introduce the concept of “ghost work,” work that is done by…


For the Human-AI Interaction class that I’m taking this semester, we have a great set of readings. This post is part of a series, where I will post my summaries, reflections, and questions based on those readings.

Paper: The Future of Crowd Work

Citation: Aniket Kittur, Jeffrey V. Nickerson, Michael Bernstein, Elizabeth Gerber, Aaron Shaw, John Zimmerman, Matt Lease, and John Horton. 2013. The Future of Crowd Work. In Proceedings of the 2013 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW ’13), 1301–1318. https://doi.org/10.1145/2441776.2441923

Summary:
This paper surveys existing literature in crowdsourcing and human computation and outlines a framework consisting of 12…


This post originally appeared on my website.

I recently attended the HCIC 2018 conference* this year, held at Pajero Dunes Resort in Watsonville, CA. The topic of HCIC this year was AI & HCI, and discussion covered topics from AI interpretability to reframing the goals of AI (Artificial Intelligence) towards focusing on “IA” (Intelligence Augmentation).

As a first-year Ph.D. student, HCIC was an excellent opportunity for me to talk about my work to a broader audience and receive great feedback from well-known researchers and industry personnel. The conference itself certainly broadened my views on how HCI researchers and practitioners can…


Student volunteers at CSCW 2018

TL;DR? Read their paper. Introduce yourself by stating your name and institution. Start with a compliment, before asking an open-ended question. Make sure it’s something you really care about, but be humble and don’t dominate the conversation: give others a chance to ask questions. Use the microphone, always. Write your question down, and follow up with them.

Right before CHI 2018, I remember asking my labmates for tips on navigating the behemoth conference that is CHI, especially since it was my first academic conference.

One particularly useful piece of advice I got was from Jake, was to always make sure…


“Somehow it seemed as though the farm had grown richer without making the animals themselves richer — except, of course, for the pigs and dogs.”

Animal Farm presents plenty of (obvious) parallels to the Russian Revolution and the formation of the USSR. It portrays the rise and fall of socialism, along with the farm’s transition from a democratic socialist farm (state) to a totalitarian one.

While reading Blair’s novel, however, I couldn’t help but draw parallels to the capitalism and resultant economic and social inequality that is omnipresent in today’s society. …


Prologue

I recently read an article on Ars Technica which originally appeared here, on Medium written by Kapil Haresh. It systematically exposed the limitations of Apple’s two-factor authentication (2FA) scheme.

TL;DR? Here’s a brief summary of his well-written article (which you probably should read!)

Even if you have enabled 2FA on your Apple ID, Apple allows you to log-on to the Find My iPhone, Apple Pay and Apple Watch settings on iCloud without requiring the second factor (most typically an iPhone) to authenticate the login. …


If you‘ve seen Slumdog Millionaire or Coldplay’s new music video, or ever read an article on Bloomberg, then you are probably aware of Western Media’s proclivity for showing India in a certain light.

What in the world does an elephant roaming the streets have to do with a financial crisis?

You’re enraged? Furious? Take a deep breath. Calm down. Now, let’s look at it objectively.

If half of India is truly as it is depicted in foreign media — slums, old movie theaters, shabby buildings..the list goes on— then, why do we feel so wronged? Indian media does the same thing, albeit in the opposite manner, they only showcase the best the West has to offer.

Indeed…


GRE: AWA Issue — True Happiness

I would be extremely grateful if you, the reader, could rate this article based on these guidelines. Thanks in advance!

“Only once one has known real sadness can one feel true happiness.”

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the claim. In developing and supporting your position, be sure to address the most compelling reasons and/or examples that could be used to challenge your position.

9:03PM

I wholeheartedly agree with this claim, that only once one has known real sadness can one feel true happiness.

Although both happiness and sadness are…


A high-pitched noise emanated through the neighbourhood one cold December morning. All the neighbours got up, frustrated to have been woken up, cursing the gods while still in their lungis and night-gowns.

That noise came from little Rajamma. Her first minutes of existence had already caused such disdain to all those around her. Rajamma was born in the small confines of a shack. It wasn’t your typical shack, mind you. Oh no. It was built from cinderblocks, with a solid roof over their heads — on the footpath in front of a construction site; in one of the poshest neighbourhoods…

Sukrit Venkatagiri

Computer Science PhD student at Virginia Tech. Building crowdsourcing systems to help human rights investigators and law enforcement. I tweet @thesukrit.

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